Minibus drivers slapped with second causing death charge

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Michael Thorne, driver of the Route 42 minibus that was involved in the Independence Night accident, was on Friday slapped with another causing death charge.

He along with the other defendant, Jamal McCloud, appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Roxanne Mitchell
Roxanne Mitchell

The offence brought against them alleged that on May 26, 2016 at Bagotstown Public Road, East Bank Demerara, they drove vehicles bearing licence plate BPP 6158 and BPP 167, respectively, thereby causing the death of Joycelyn Elcock.
The prior offence alleged that on the same day at the same location, they drove the said vehicles, thereby causing the death of Roxanne Mitchell.

They were both previously placed on $250,000 bail.

According to the Prosecution’s facts, Elcock did not fully recover following the accident and died on July 22. Bail this time around was granted at $100,000 each.

They are going to be brought before the court again on August 15, 2016.
On the day of the accident, Mitchell and her family were returning home, having attended the Flag Raising Ceremony at D’Urban Park. According to reports, the accident occurred around 01:30h.

Mitchell’s husband told police that the Route 42 bus slammed into the Route 32 bus that his family was travelling in at the time.

Jamal McCloud
Jamal McCloud

As a result of the impact, half of the Mitchell’s body went through the windscreen of the vehicle. The other vehicle that was driven by McCloud then slammed into her, pinning her.

Firefighters on the scene successfully removed the woman’s body from between the two mangled vehicles and rushed her to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The two drivers also sustained injuries, but were treated and sent away after which they were arrested and charged.

 

 

 

 

 

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